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3/26/2015

3/26/2015

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis. The Public School Code would be amended for all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

3/26/2015

A plan developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans will hold back a school funding increase until June, when an appointed commission would recommend a new teacher-evaluation system. A previous understanding between the House and the Senate had indicated that education funding would not be contingent on the enactment of reforms.

3/26/2015

California lawmakers must strengthen financial oversight of charter schools to stem cases of fraud and mismanagement that have already cost taxpayers $81 million, according to a new report from several advocacy groups.

3/26/2015

Gwinnett County Schools plans to add 175 teacher positions for the next school year teachers and hopes an increase in starting pay will help attract the new hires.

3/26/2015

A wide-ranging bill that would allow parents to transfer their students to any school in the state that had not reached 90 percent of its capacity, regardless of county lines was approved by a House panel. It would also require districts to set up a process for parents to request that their children be removed from teachers’ classes.

3/26/2015

Two committees in the state's General Assembly will consider a bill that would require seat belts on school buses, proposed by a lawmaker in response to a deadly school bus crash in December.

3/26/2015

A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would require school lunch programs to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. The bill would extend the requirement for restaurants to any school lunch program associated with the National School Lunch Program.

3/26/2015

An Arkansas legislative committee passed a bill to increase the jurisdiction of school resource officers if they are accompanying students on a field trip or outside of the school district boundaries. In addition, the committee advanced a bill to allow public dollars to fund private-school scholarships for children with severe disabilities.

3/25/2015

3/25/2015

Indiana’s public school districts are under no constitutional mandate to provide transportation for students to and from school, according to a ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court. The ruling overturns an appeals court decision last year that said charging bus fees was unconstitutional.

3/25/2015

A state school fund of $7.255 billion has cleared its first hurdle following the joint budget subcommittee on education's approval. The amount is about $250 million less than what some advocates, including administrators and teachers, say is needed.

3/25/2015

The Iowa House passed a bill mandating that public schools can't start classes before August 23. However, the House version of the bill is still at odds with a passed Senate bill that would allow schools to set their own school start dates.

3/25/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools will be laying off about 160 workers. The move will save the district $11.6 million. District officials say those savings will go to schools, allowing them to lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and increase learning time at middle and high schools.

3/25/2015

The Chattanooga area school systems have filed suit against the state of Tennessee for not sufficiently funding local schools as mandated under the law. The suit further alleges that Tennessee's Board of Education has instead created a system that shifts the cost of education to local districts.

3/25/2015

A state House committee rejected funding for most of Gov. Rick Snyder’s major education initiatives. The House panel gutted funding increases requested for at-risk schools, a third-grade reading program and special support for financially distressed districts.

3/24/2015

3/24/2015

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, a move that could cost the district as much as $228 million. The move aggravates the already considerable financial problems at the district, which is projecting a $1.14 billion budget deficit next year.

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